O’SHAUGHNESSY RETURNS TO THE VAFA TO COACH CAULFIELD

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It is with great pleasure and excitement we are able to announce our 2013 Senior Coach, Tim O’Shaughnessy.
Tim comes to Caulfield Grammarians with a stellar background in a variety of positions across elite, amateur and school football and athletics which has him placing him perfectly to build on the club’s success over the last few years.
After an outstanding school boy and senior athletics career, which saw Tim win 2 Sydney City to Surf’s, he began his football involvement with Sandringham in late 1980’s with coach Francis Jackson (now Director of Recruitment for Richmond Football Club). 
He then moved into both an on and off field AFL football role with Collingwood during the 1990’s. 
The role involved fitness, rehabilitation and game tactical roles during this successful Collingwood period.
Tim was appointed Senior Coach with the Old Xaverians in 1998 and led them to 3 consecutive A Section premierships and a total of consecutive 5 final series over his career. 
In 2003, he became director of coaching at Ajax Football Club and in 2005 was appointed as Senior Coach and led AJAX to promotion to B grade in 2006.
In 2007, Tim was appointed Australia Athletics High Performance Distance Coach and during his tenure as coach, he has overseen the development of the National Long Distance program. 
In 2008, he was appointed Olympic Long Distance Coach and a core part of the success has been the development of our young athletes resulting in the highest level (outside of Sydney) of distance competitors at the 2012 London games.
In addition to Tim, we are also delighted to add to our panel, as Coaching Strategist, his brother Ralph O’Shaughnessy.  
Ralph has been involved with football at various levels over the course of his career, including the role as ‘Match Day Analyst’ during the Old Xaverians 6 consecutive A Section premierships. 
He then moved to Sydney in 2000 to work for McDonald’s and he also spent that time working with the Sydney Swans in the coach’s box with Rodney Eade and Paul Roos.  
Ralph then worked overseas in a number of Senior HR roles with McDonalds in the USA, but also including HR & Operations role at the Athens, Torino & Beijing Olympics.  
Ralph has returned to Melbourne and we are thrilled he has decided to renew his football association with Caulfield.
Tim impressed the coaching selection panel with his direction and vision for the club and has already stepped straight into the role and attended his first recruitment meeting and is looking forward to meeting everyone involved and setting our path and vision for the 2013 season.
We thank the experienced panel charged with the responsibility of interviewing, analysing and evaluating a number of high quality applicants for our Senior Coaching role. 
The process was extensive, incisive and extremely productive culminating in Tim’s appointment, especially considering the added value of Ralph’s expertise and experience. 
Caulfield Grammarians are now ideally placed to build on the experience gained in 2012 and to take the next step in their aim to become a respected and successful senior club in the VAFA.